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Day of Reckoning Comes For Tommy Wells

Woo boy, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells sure seems to have have pissed off some of his colleagues. And now he's paying for it.

Greater Greater Washington wins the morning with the news that Wells is being stripped of his beloved transportation and public works committee and is being given the lump of coal known as the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who previously had the parks committee, is moving up to government operations committee. That committee belonged to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who is taking over transpo and public works.

GGW says Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown is punishing Wells for his investigation of Brown's love of luxury Lincoln Navigators. That's probably true in some part, but there's more too it. Wells also screwed Brown by cobbling together a 7-6 vote blocking Brown's buy-back plan on a municipal bond tax. And the fact that Wells appeared to have won in the recent redistricting battle also rubbed some of his colleagues the wrong way.

Also, it's no secret that Wells has ambitions, which Brown does too. So, game on?

  • Southeast Ken

    LOL@whatamess

  • Ldc

    At this point, a summary of many of the comments here appears to be the following:

    Wells picked on my man Kwame, and he beat his ass down! Yay for my man Kwame!

    DC politics = cheap ass alley fight, not a contest of which policies are best for the residents, not a system of reward for upstanding leadership and mature public service, and it's supposed to be a nice long fabulous and untouched catwalk for people to strut their stuff among the fake it 'till you make it crowd.

    Lovely.

  • noodlez

    @ MADMIKE – IT IS THE BLACK BUSINESSES THAT RENT ON H ST NE THAT ARE IN QUESTION HERE NOT THE SUBURBAN JEW PROPERTY OWNER! HOWEVER MOST OF THE COMMECRCIAL PROPERTY ON H ST NW WAS OWNED BY JEWS DURING THE 60’S, 70’S, 80’S AND 90’S (DON’T KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT NOW). YOU BEING A JEW AND FROM YOUR POSTS AND COLUMNS I KNOW YOU SUPPORT AND BACK YOUR FOLKS LIKE A GOOD JEW SHOULD. ONE WOULD THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE JUMPED ALL OVER THIS SEEING AS YOUR FOLKS WAS SOMEWHAT DISENFRANCHISED AS WELL FROM ALL THIS RIGMAROLL.

    AS LONG AS THE RENT WAS BEING PAID BY THOSE BLACK FOLK WHO HAVE OR HAD ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES ON H ST NE FOR YEARS TO THE JEW OWNERS EVERYTHING WAS OKAY. THERE WAS EVEN SOME BLOW BACK FROM LONG STANDING BUSINESSES AND OWNERS THAT STREETCARS WOULD HURT THEIR ESTABLISHMENT NOT ONLY FROM CONSTRUCTION BUT FROM STREETCAR TAKING AWAY WALKING TRAFFIC THAT A LOT OF THOSE BUSINESSES STRIVES FROM. WHERE DID INITIAL IDEA OF STREET CARS COME FROM KLEIN, WELLS OR ENGLERT?

    THE WELLS/ENGLERT RELATIONSHIP DOESN’T PASS THE EYE TEST. KNOWING THAT D.C. DOESNT POST GOOD TEST SCORES I WOULD THINK THAT WCP WOULD BE LESS LIKE THOSE TEACHERS THAT HAD ERASERS CHANGING SCORES TO FIT THEIR NEEDS INSTEAD OF THOSE THAT THEY AFFECT.

  • DJ Ren

    @SeDCdude, DJ Ren......A payment plan is not UNLIKELY, IRS and DC DMV both encourage em, your reach is quite short, considering how long winded your punk azz is!!

    -Sweetheart, a payment plan might not be unlikely in the sense that one may be available. However, KWAME SAID HE HAS NOT PAID DC BACK - meaning he hasn't enrolled in a payment plan, nor has he cut a check for the full amount. Can it get more cut and dry than that? Hopefully this response was short enough for you.

  • seDCdude

    NONISSUE

    Is that short enuff for you?

  • Mike Madden

    @ noodlez --

    I wasn't trying to defend the Jewish business owners, I was trying to say they don't deserve sympathy as minority-owned businesses, because they're not.

  • DcNative

    @ Mike,

    I'm not going back and forth with you on this issue, because you have fully illustrated the City Paper's partial and bias reporting that favors race-baiting over credibility.

    Your point about one Jewish guy being mentioned in the press release doesn't negate Councilman Wells' unethical backroom deals which he earmarked taxpayers' dollars to Entrepreneur Joe on H St NE, via a fake non-profit, and he subsequently used the taxpayers' dime--not his money--to help himself and a few of his friends' businesses on H St.

    As a said stated earlier, I live in the area and know several business owners and they are pissed with Wells and elated that the man has been put out to pasture.

    You can't piss up-stream on folk and expect no repercussions, and it's apparent because NOT one council member came to the man's defense, the vote was
    12-to-1, that Tommy must be shut-down!

  • DJ Ren

    seDCdude, I'm glad you are ok with Kwame not taking responsibility. YOU were the one who suggested a payment plan, thus raising the issue.

    Want to put your money where your mouth is, buy some of Kwame's debt, and then try to collect? Maybe he and Che can give you a two for one deal - lord knows there is enough to go around.

  • seDCdude

    Ayy DJ ren

    chew on this, we, the taxpayers of this country, have had to and continue to pay on a debt set forth and cemented by the feds and GREEDY CORPORATIONS; a debt that now needs blessings from guess who, the TAXPAYERS and you wanna squawk about some got damn NAVIGATOR payments.....slim kiss my ass with burning hot drawz on!

    You racist clowns and uncle toms make me sick with this fake azz holier than thou stance that does absolutely nothing for the solution!!!

    This guy Mike, along with MOST of the reporters here on LL WCP are Lazy, Drunks, Biased and Flawed in their approach and style of seeking/reporting issues!

    Give me the meat and potatoes, keep your napkins and table dressings you dig!

    Its time for the real to be just that all the time!

    Real journalism
    Real investigation
    Real perspective
    Real solutions

    stop this crap shoot nit picking that does nothing for the root cause but further divides, MISCONCEIVES and hides FACT!

  • Really?

    @DJ Ren it was me who mentioned the payment plan. But everything that SEdcdude said was the truth.

    Question did you vote for Fenty? If you answer is yes because I'm sure it is then you voted for corruption and revenge tactics. How did you feel when those tax dollars were spent when Fenty went to the middle east for a tennis tournament? Opps I forgot those were private funds used. Yeah private funds that we never got a chance to see who provided them. So yeah that trip was supposed to build relations with the Middle East folks. Right? So what have they done for the District? Nothing. So I guess he used govt time on a luxury trip for him and is family. And you’re ok with that?

  • DJ Ren

    @Really? - nice try.

    I voted for Marie Johns the first time around. Not a Fenty fan here, and I'm not sure what that has to do with Kwame Brown anyway, but thanks for playing.

    BTW, regarding "Middle Eastern folks" - you do know that the CityCenterDC development is being funded in large part by investors from Qatar, right? And Qatar is in the middle east, right? Development near the convention center helps the District, yes? Not saying that the decision was driven solely by Fenty's trips, but know your facts, Really. Really.

    Also last I checked, all mayors, this one included, get vacation time.

  • seDCdude

    GE Ren

    you lose your spin records SURNAME for a more befitting 1....spin doctor/cycle monicker!

    You are another fool added to the LOST ALL CREDIBILITY LIST around here...YOU, Drez and that punk azz Rake!!!

    hemmin' and hawin' about absolutely nothing cause you know nothing but what you FEEL!

  • Really?

    Dj Ren-tin-tin,

    Ummm were are talking about the last election were Marie wasn't running it was Vince and Fenty and Leo.

    So nice try at trying to go back to 2006-2007

    Nobody knew where Fenty was during that time so the the lux vaca dosen't pass the smell test. Again it end up being paid by unknow folks. I didn't see 300 post about who these people are.

    You can put your headphones back on now.

  • DcNative

    @ DC Ren, you seem to forget that Fenty was MIA and, everybody was like, "where in the world is our Adrian".

    DC and the world learned of Mayor Fenty’s v-spot when the local and national news broke the story that Fenty and family were having a high-time a tennis match that banned a professional Jewish woman from playing.

    The media also disclosed that the United Arab Emirates paid $25K for his trip to Dubai.

    You don't recall this DC Ren? Oh, everyone was enraged that the mayor of the Nation Capital allowed a free-trip on a stick to cloud his judgment.

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